MERC Benefits Overview
A career with MERC will allow you to utilize your knowledge and abilities to complete engineering, research, and development in a variety of areas. In addition to a rewarding career and challenging work, MERC offers its employees the following benefits:
- generous benefits package
- competitive salaries
- flexible work schedule
- paid time off to enjoy life outside of work
- individual offices equipped with state-of-the-art workstations
- modern in-house gym and fitness center
Health insurance is available to full-time employees. Coverage begins the first day of the month following the employee’s hire date. The Mercer Health Plan is a self-insured Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan that does not restrict employees to specific physicians or hospitals.
Dental Insurance is available to regular full-time employees. Coverage begins the first day of the month following the employee’s hire date. Our plan allows you to choose your own licensed dental provider.
Life insurance is available to regular full-time employees at no cost to the employee. You may receive up to one times your annual salary up to $50,000 with 100% of the premium paid by MERC. You may purchase supplemental life insurance for you and your dependents at a nominal rate.
MERC full-time employees have the option of purchasing a cancer insurance policy. Coverage is provided through American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC). Coverage begins the first day of the month following acceptance by AFLAC.
Disability insurance is available to regular full-time employees at no cost to the employee. Our policy pays a monthly income benefit equal to 60 percent of your monthly wage base, less the sum of benefits from any other income sources. Coverage is provided through The Standard Life Insurance Company.
Flexible Spending Account
MERC full-time employees have the option to deposit funds into a pre-tax account for the purpose of paying medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance, such as deductibles, co-payments, disallowed charges, etc.
Funds withheld from your salary for this account will not be subject to state, federal, or social security taxes. Charges submitted for reimbursement must have occurred during the plan year in which they were withheld.
MERC provides a defined contribution retirement plan under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. MERC makes contributions for eligible regular full-time and regular part-time employees after the completion of two years credited service and attainment of age 21. After completing the first two years of continuous service, MERC contributes 6 percent of the annual salary. After completing seven years of continuous service, MERC contributes 10 percent of the annual salary (up to the annual compensation limit set by the Internal Revenue Code).
Tuition reimbursement is available to regular full-time employees who have completed six months of continuous full-time service. The program is offered for obtaining certifications or degrees, both undergraduate and graduate level, that are determined to be job necessary and/or job-related.
Flex time allows you to schedule your work hours between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Because we work on site, employees need to be present during our core hours of 9:00 a.m to 3 p.m.
9/80 Work Schedule
Regular full-time employees may choose to work nine hours per day for eight days and one eight-hour day, resulting in one Friday off within the biweekly pay period.
- Vacation and Sick Leave
- Bereavement Leave
- Jury and Witness Duty Leave
- Military Active and Reserve Duty Leave
- Biweekly Pay
- Direct Deposit
- FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)
- Grand Opera House Tickets
- Mercer University Athletic Event Tickets
- Mercer University Fitness Center
To explore current MERC career opportunities, please visit our job listings using the “Search Jobs” button above, or by visiting the MERC Jobs Listing page.
Mercer Engineering Research Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.